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UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw pots

The pots have been confirmed for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw, which takes place on Sunday.

UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw pots
UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw pots ©Getty Images

The pots have been confirmed for the UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying draw, which takes place in Dublin, streamed live at 12CET on Sunday 2 December.


The pots

UEFA Nations League pot (4): Switzerland*, Portugal*, Netherlands*, England*

Pot 1 (6): Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Poland

Pot 2 (10): Germany, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Ukraine*, Denmark*, Sweden*, Russia, Austria, Wales, Czech Republic

Pot 3 (10): Slovakia, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland*, Norway*, Serbia*, Finland*, Bulgaria, Israel

Pot 4 (10): Hungary, Romania, Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Estonia, Slovenia, Lithuania, Georgia*

Pot 5 (10): FYR Macedonia*, Kosovo*, Belarus*, Luxembourg, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Gibraltar, Faroe Islands

Pot 6 (5): Latvia, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Malta, San Marino

*Already ensured at least a play-off place after winning UEFA Nations League group

How were the pots formed?

All the teams involved in the UEFA Nations League were classified from 1-55 following the conclusion of the League Phase. Individual league rankings were established according to their position in a group, points gained, goal difference, goals scored etc. (see 18.01 of regulations for full criteria), with the 12 League A teams ranked 1st to 12th, the 12 League B teams 13th to 24th and so on.


The teams were then allocated, according to the rankings, to the following pots:

UEFA Nations League pot: UEFA Nations League finalists (4)
Pot 1
: Teams ranked 5th to 10th (6)
Pot 2: Teams ranked 11th to 20th (10)
Pot 3: Teams ranked 21st to 30th (10)
Pot 4: Teams ranked 31st to 40th (10)
Pot 5: Teams ranked 41st to 50th (10)
Pot 6: Teams ranked 51st to 55th (5)

How does the draw work?

Full draw explanation, including various restrictions not mentioned below, can be found here.

The four teams in the UEFA Nations League pot will be drawn into first position in Groups A to D. This is to ensure they have two dates free to play the UEFA Nations League Finals in June.

The teams in Pot 1 will then be drawn into first position in Groups E to J. The teams in Pot 2 will be drawn into second positions in the ten groups, with the draw continuing in similar style for Pots 3, 4 and 5 to fill positions 3, 4 and 5 respectively. The teams in Pot 6 will be drawn into sixth position in the six-team Groups F to J.

How does qualifying work?

The top two teams in each of the ten groups will automatically qualify for UEFA EURO 2020. The remaining four berths will be filled by the play-offs, which are contested by the 16 UEFA Nations League group winners (i.e. the four group winners in each of the four divisions) or the next best-ranked team in their league.

If a league does not have four teams to compete, the remaining slots are allocated to teams from another league, according to the overall UEFA Nations League rankings.

Useful links

Register your interest in EURO tickets
UEFA Nations League rankings
European Qualifiers draw: all you need to know
European Qualifiers: how it works
Where do the play-offs fit in?
The road to UEFA EURO 2020 explained
UEFA Nations League promotions and relegations
All you need to know about UEFA EURO 2020